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  • Is Disney about to buy Twitter for $16bn?

    Family-first media giant Disney is no longer just about anthropomorphic mice and creepy clubhouses. The company is reportedly preparing a bid to buy social network Twitter. In a deal that could inject Twitter with some much needed cash, and give Disney a foothold in the fervent social networking advertising space, the company is currently "working with a financial advisor" to assess the validity of the deal. This according to a Bloomberg report. If Disney does purchase Twitter, the deal is expected to be worth around US$16bn According to the publication, bidding Twitter's market worth of around US$16-billion will be Disney's biggest cash...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Brad Binder, Temba Bavuma make SA history

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (23 September – 25 September). American gun violence continues Gun violence has rocked the city of Chicago this weekend, resulting in seven deaths, and at least 36 injuries. Update: Three of four surviving victims in Champaign shootings discharged from hospital, police say https://t.co/fWNiOzNUwn pic.twitter.com/BuBSvB4kOu — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 26, 2016 A shooting also rocked Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Seven people...

  • Twitter’s 140 character stretch begins today

    Great news, Twitter users. From today, the social network will no longer count certain types of content towards the arbitrary 140-character limit. First announced in May 2016, the move will allow tweeters to get more written content into their tweets, regardless of how many images or @names they have included. Previously, these were counted towards the limit. Twitter did ponder pushing that limit to 10 000 characters back in January Polls, videos, GIFs, images, @names and practically any other embedded media won't be counted as one of the 140 characters. Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and...

  • #FeesMustFall: University students react to Nzimande’s statement

    Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament on Thursday, 22 September, to hand over its memorandum to Blade Nzimande. The Faculty has also called on "colleagues, students and concerned citizens" to join. It has also asked academics to dress in "full academic dress". CALL FOR NATIONAL PROTEST ACTION FROM FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT UCT pic.twitter.com/I5940etSCg — UCT Law Student(s) (@UCTLawStudents) September 19, 2016 Update #3, 18 September, 2.47pm: The University of Pretoria has now also joined the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (16 September – 18 September). South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa's first double-medal winner of the games thus far. All the Glory 2 God!!! #TeamSArise! #Rio2016 #Paralympics Photo credit: Zimbio...

  • Mandoza dies: South Africa remembers kwaito legend

    Update, 18 September, 12.43pm: Mandoza's funeral will take place Saturday, the kwaito star's family today announced. The venue has yet to be announced. A memorial service will also be planned for Wednesday. In the wake of the artist's death, President Jacob Zuma also extended his extends condolences to the star's family and fans in an official statement. President Zuma extends condolences on #Mandoza's passing. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/5Hj8Srj0Bv — Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) September 18, 2016 Original article: South African kwaito and hip-hop recording artist, Mandoza, has died. The news emerged Sunday afternoon from SABC reporter Sthembiso Sithole, who was at the kwaito star's household in Soweto. An...

  • Twitter thinks Calvin Harris’ new song is about Taylor Swift

    "My Way" might be pretty famous song lyric for a certain New Yorker, but Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris has today used these two words to stir up some controversy on social media. Debuting his latest track on YouTube, "My Way" boasts some summer house beats with lyrics sung by Harris himself... and lyrics that the internet believes cites his feud with former partner Taylor Swift. Harris and Swift haven't exactly seen eye to eye recently, especially since the duo's July 2016 Twitter war surrounding Harris' other 2016 hit, "This is What You Came For". The track, which featured Rihanna, was...

  • Twitter: DMs now feature ‘read receipts, typing indicators’

    Twitter is slowly morphing into an instant messaging platform, thanks to a gaggle of new features in its Direct Messages feature added this week. Taking, rather obviously, to Twitter, the company announced that users' sent Direct Messages now boast read receipts, web link previews and typing indicators. These are feature that are part and parcel of instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj — Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016 It's an odd addition to a feature that always remained backstage of Twitter's often ever-changing...

  • Here’s what Twitter thought of the Apple iPhone event

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news on Gearburn here and here. From James Corden and Tim Cook opening the show with a terrible rendition of Carpool Karaoke, to the slew of usual Apple bingo shots consumed around the world, there was a lot to talk about at the Apple iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco. And of course, Twitter both laid into and praised the tech giant's products and performance on the night. How often do you think you'll lose your Apple AirPods? Twitter thinks daily #AppleEvent and "iPhone 7" began trending worldwide around...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: South Africa murders rise & Mother Teresa canonized

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (2 September – 4 September). Pope Francis Sunday declared Mother Teresa a saint, at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, also known as Saint of the Gutters, served as a nun in Kolkata, India. She was declared a saint just 19 years after her death. After the service, a number of Mother Teresa's followers declared...

  • PewDiePie tweets about ISIS, gets account suspended

    There's never a dull moment in the life of Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, and that usually extends to his YouTube videos. But the infamous streamer has landed himself in hot water with Twitter and "America" for removing his verification tick on Twitter. The YouTube star's Twitter account endured a few ups and downs yesterday. Sequence of events PewDiePie, according to a vlog, had his Twitter verification tick removed from his account, instead replacing it with a globe. After this, a news source masquerading as Sky News tweeted a fake article suggesting that the star's verification was removed "due to suspected relations with...

  • Twitter now shares ad revenue with content creators

    In hopes to compete with YouTube and Instagram, Twitter will now share advertising revenue with those who upload videos to the service. This is part of the company's Amplify advertising programme. Before you get excited, this isn't to say that the company's now dishing out its earnings to its users, but rather advertising revenue garnered from videos that make an impact. For instance, if you were to upload a video to the company's platform, 70% of the advertising revenue accrued from said video will be returned to you. This model is only valid for US citizens for now, but it clearly...

  • Gene Wilder dies: praise swells on social media for ‘giant of comedy’

    Gene Wilder, perhaps most famous to Millennials as the face of the Condescending Wonka meme, has died age 83. Wilder, who succumbed to complications surrounding his struggle with Alzheimer's, starred in a slew of movies from 1967 through to 1991, which his most famous roles include Frankenstein in the 70s, and Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. His most recent appearance on screen was in season five of Will & Grace back in 2002. 'The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last' - Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka Soon after news of Gene Wilder's passing broke last night South...

  • [Update] Pretoria High School for Girls Twitter debate escalates

    Update #4, 30 August, 10.55am: After the trending hashtags, the media coverage and social commentary, the Pretoria High School for Girls petition has garnered over 24 000 signatures. The school's governing body also issued a statement after meeting with Gauteng MEC of education, Panyaza Lesufi. "The School Governing Body has held a successful meeting with the MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, with regard to recent events," the statement reads. "He has called for calm and the resumption of normal teaching and learning at the school." "The School Governing Body will be working closely with the Gauteng Department of Education in...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: burkini ban overturned & PRASA’s R42m toilet seats

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (26 August – 28 August). South African pilot Michel Leusch was killed Saturday when he lost control of a stunt plane at a Chinese airshow. Durban born, Leusch was performing at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye, in China's Gansu province. He was 33. South Africa pilot dead in plane crash...